If you are considering going on a diet or making other healthier lifestyle changes, you've probably heard of the (ketogenic) Keto Diet. The Keto diet is one of the best plans for losing weight due to its notoriously quick results. Quick results are great, but they come at the cost of our favorite foods. You've probably wondered if you can ever eat your favorite chocolate again once you've started the Keto diet. Surprisingly yes, chocolate is Keto friendly?
The Keto diet works by limiting carbohydrates (less than 50 grams a day) and running your body on fat as fuel. Switching out your carbohydrate fuel source to fat is a process that takes two to four days. During this switchover, many new dieters encounter the Keto-Flu that produces flu-like symptoms like headaches, fogginess, fatigue, and irritability. If you can get through this process and enter ketosis, you'll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Now for the hard part. Maintaining the keto diet requires a military level of discipline with food choices. High sugar content foods like cake and ice cream are out of the question. Sugary drinks and candy are a no-no. No longer will you be able to partake in endless breadsticks. Pretty much anything you enjoy eating will be replaced by single ingredient high fat and low carbohydrate foods.
Fortunately, chocolate is keto-friendly. There are some guidelines for eating chocolate on the keto diet. You will want to avoid milk and white chocolate. They both have a higher carbohydrate count due to higher sugar content. Choose dark chocolate instead of at least 72% cocoa. The higher the cocoa content, the less sugar the chocolate contains. The last thing to be aware of is what else is in the chocolate. For instance, if you choose a 72% dark chocolate, but it has caramel, nougat or something crunchy like a biscuit, your healthy chocolate choose is no longer Keto Friendly. Remember to keep your chocolate cheats spaced out and moderate to maintain the ketosis state.